FAQs About Gold Jewelry :
We are eternally grateful for James Wilson Marshall’s discovery of gold on January 24, 1848 at Sutter's Mill in Coloma Valley, near Sacramento, California. His find 169 years ago marked the beginning of the California Gold Rush, the largest mass migration in American history. Needless to say, gold is a staple for any jeweler and, in the spirit of this golden anniversary, we pulled together some answers to some FAQs about gold jewelry.
What is the Difference Between 10K, 14K, 18K and 24K Gold Jewelry?
The “K” stands for karat, which represents the percentage of pure gold in the metal alloy. Because pure gold is very malleable, jewelers mix it with other alloys to make it more durable and harder. Needless to say, 24k gold is rarely used in jewelry because it's too soft.
Purity: The higher the karat number, the higher percentage of pure gold exists in the jewelry. 10K = 41.7% 14K = 58.5% 18K = 75% 22K = 91.7% 24K = 100%
Cost: The higher the karat, the higher the cost. Price is based on the percentage of pure gold. At Jewelry by Johan, our prices are based on the current market value of gold.
Color: Because pure gold is naturally yellow, the higher the karat, the more yellow the item will be.
Durability: The higher the karat, the softer and more scratch-prone the alloy becomes. This is important to consider if you’re setting a gemstone in small prongs that you don’t want to bend easily.
What is the Difference Between 10KT Gold and 10CT Gold?
There is no difference. This is an example of how gold attributes are applied differently around the globe. The proper attribute applied to gold is “karat” abbreviated with “k” or “kt.” In countries outside of North America, “carat,” abbreviated “c” or “ct” is used in its place, despite it being incorrect. Carat is, in proper application, a unit of weight that applies to precious stones.
What is the Natural Color of Gold?
Pure gold is yellow. Needless to say, the higher the karat of gold jewelry, the more yellowish hue it will have. Yellow gold is still a popular, traditional choice for men's wedding bands as the primary metal or featured in a pinstripe or inner sleeve. Browse our selection of yellow gold wedding bands featuring a variety of designs.
Yellow Gold Meteorite Wedding Band Gold & Meteorite Wedding Band
Black Ring With Yellow Gold Inside Black Zirconium Ring With Gold Inside
Guitar String Men's Wedding Band Guitar String Ring With Gold Pinstripe
What is Rose Gold?
Rose gold, sometimes called pink gold, is an alloy created by adding copper to pure gold, which results in a pinkish metallic hue. Rose gold engagement rings and rose gold wedding bands saw a spike in popularity in 2015 and continue to be in demand. Opt for a rose gold wedding ring set for the ultimate in coordination.
The great merit of gold is precisely that it is scarce; that its quantity is limited by nature; that it is costly to discover, to mine, and to process; and that it cannot be created by political fiat or caprice.”
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